My friends have the supernatural ability to spot FREE activities for kids and I tell you, how lucky I am to be a part of their circle, especially during this uncertain economic period. Take for example a visit to the pumpkin patch in my area. Pumpkin patch visits can sometimes be costly, with a $1 train ride here, and a $1 popcorn there, and a $1 pumpkin everywhere, and before you know it, you already have spent $20 for each kid. To have a well-known realty company sponsor a pumpkin patch activity in my city was a huge blessing to us all. Last night, the girls were delighted to own their balloons then decorate their own pumpkins,
watch and hear the popcorns pop, then savor its crunchy, salty, buttery taste,
groom the pony's luxurious hair
and enjoy the farm-like feeling as they mingle with the sheep, chickens and bunnies,
watch others convulse in laughter as they eagerly play in the bouncy house,
indulge in the creative art of face-painting,
and guess the weight of this bigger-than-ordinary pumpkin.
Suffice to say, the kiddos had a blast (without hurting our pockets). It doesn't have to be expensive to build good family memories. How about you? Any family tradition before the Halloween?